Planet Picture Book

Archive - April 2018

Pakistan

Information on children’s book publishing in Pakistan is hard to come by. And it’s a trend across the industry according to this 2017 article from Publishing Perspectives. The same article, however, provides valuable information about educational...

My First Book of Vietnamese Words

This illustrated ABC rhyming book provides readers with an introduction to Vietnamese language and culture. I was particularly intrigued by My First Book of Vietnamese Words when I was researching picture books for Vietnam. It’s no mean feat...

Q&A with Phung Nguyen Quang and Huynh Kim Lien

Phung Nguyen Quang and Huynh Kim Lien are book creators, who live and work together in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. In 2015, their unpublished children’s book ‘The First Journey’ won the Scholastic Picture Book Award. They had written and illustrated...

The First Journey

It is the floating season on the Mekong Delta and a young boy, An, sets out alone in his sampan to travel to school for the first time. This story tells of the dangers and fears he faces along the way, and his courage and determination to reach his...

Vietnam

A new destination, a new book search. It’s different every time. From my notes, it looks like I typed ‘Vietnamese picture books’ in Google and went from there. So how did I decide on my final selection? Read on and you’ll discover a little about my...

Don’t Cross the Line

A colourful crowd of people build up on the left-hand page of this picture book as a guard under orders forbids them to cross the line (the gutter of the book). Then, a red ball bounces into the right-hand page and soon everyone follows . . . but...

Q&A with Translator Lyn Miller-Lachmann

Lyn Miller-Lachmann is the translator of the picture book ‘Three Balls of Wool (Can Change the World)’ by Henriqueta Cristina, illustrated by Yara Kono and published in 2017 by Enchanted Lion Books in partnership with Amnesty...